Tea In Tokyo
Kyoto Part 3 - Arashiyama, Bamboo Grove, and a Traditional Meal
The finale of our Kyoto trip. We explore the famous Arashiyama district, eatShojin Ryori, a popular Buddhist monk vegetarian meal, and explore the Arashiyama bamboo grove.
Kyoto Part 2 - Ginkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Gion, and More!
The second of our three-part Kyoto series. We spent another day temple-hopping going to Ginkakuji, Eikan-do Zenrin-ji, Nanzen-ji Temple, Heian Shrine, and Kiyomizu-dera. We also visited the famous Gion district and tried visiting Nijo Castle.
Kyoto Part 1 - Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and More!
This is the first of three parts of our trip to Kyoto. On day one we visited the Kyoto Imperial Palace and had a unique dinner. Then we had a packed second day, visiting five temples - Daigoji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Komyo-in Temple, Tofukuji Temple, and Toji Temple.
Tokyo Tower, Bird Watching, and Getting a License in Japan
We visit Tokyo Port Bird Sanctuary to quench Saumya's desire to take some animal photos. Ellie had enough after one day so Saumya visited another park (Kasai Seaside Park) alone the next two days. We finally go to the top of Tokyo Tower and we have one of our greatest meals in Tokyo at a vegan restaurant in Shibuya. Next Saumya tries to get a license but has to cut through a lot of red tape and lastly we discuss the future closure of Saumya's learning studio.
Shrines and Waterfalls in Nikko
We take a short overnight trip to the nearby prefecture of Tochigi and the small city of Nikko. We first visited the famous shrines of Tosho-gu, the mausoleum of shōgun Tokugawa Leyasu, Rinnoji Temple, and one of Japan's most famous bridges, The Shinkyo Bridge. The next day we got in touch with nature by sightseeing at two amazing waterfalls, Kegon Falls and Ryuzu Waterfall.
Voting, NZ Election, and an Elaborate Escape Room
We talk briefly about voting in the recent New Zealand election. Then we chat about the exciting and extensive, Lupin the Third based, escape room we had the pleasure of doing.
Odawara Castle, Hakone, and our first Naked Onsen Experience
We had a weekend getaway at Hakone, a popular day-trip destination for Tokyoites. First, on the way we visit the 15th century Odawara Castle. Then it was off to Hakone where we took photos under the famous shrine peace torii, ate black eggs on a volcanic mountain, and Saumya had his first nude onsen experience.
Food, Food, Food, Planetarium
We talk about some of the amazing restaurants we've been to recently and we visit the planetarium in Yurakucho.